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Religion, Normativity, Method

updated: 
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 1:36pm
Virginia Graduate Colloquium - UVa Religious Studies
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, July 1, 2017

 

Religion, Method, Normativity 

Virginia Graduate Colloquium

Theology, Ethics, Culture

 University of Virginia

13-14 October 2017

 

Religions make normative claims and scholars have normative commitments. However, religious studies often conceives of itself as an empirical discipline, aligning itself with other disciplines that are ostensibly descriptive, like history, sociology, and anthropology. This tension has led to polarization within religious studies.

Movement as Immobility - A Conference on Film and Christianity

updated: 
Friday, April 21, 2017 - 2:09pm
Centre for Comparative Studies - University of Lisbon
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, June 30, 2017

In Simone Weil’s “First and Last Notebooks” we find a note that describes the sea as “a movement within immobility,” the “Image of primal matter”, which leads this Christian philosopher to see music also as a movement that “takes possession of all our soul—and this movement is nothing but immobility”. Perhaps this is an even more fitting description of film, with its images in motion. Its movements can reconnect us with the movements of the world, those motions in which a mysterious sense of order, what Weil calls immobility, arises.

Contemporary Muslim Women’s Voices

updated: 
Friday, April 14, 2017 - 12:12pm
Gender Forum: An Internet Journal for Gender Studies
deadline for submissions: 
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

In Emails from Scheherazad, Mohja Kahf writes back to post-9/11 neo-Orientalist epistemologies, informing Western discourses on Muslim, especially veiled, women: “Yes, I speak English/Yes, I carry explosives/They’re called words/And if you don’t get up/Off your assumptions/They’re going to blow you away” (35). Similarly, other writers, such as Leila Aboulela, Ahdaf Soueif, Hanan al-Shaykh and Tahmina Anam, work towards decolonizing Muslim women’s bodies, whilst stressing piety as a lived experience. Still others, among them Randa Abdel-Fattah, Shelina Janmohamed, G. Willow Wilson and Umm Juwayriyah, are turning to and ‘Islamizing’ youth culture genres like young adult fiction, romance, fantasy and urban fiction.

UPDATE: Animals in Literature and Film

updated: 
Friday, April 7, 2017 - 3:57pm
MMLA
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, April 14, 2017

This year’s MMLA Animals in Literature and Film panel invites papers engaging in tensions of “human” and “animal” found within a variety of ancient textualities related to the broad field of animal studies. In ancient Greek and Roman society, animals serve important roles, often as a medium in religion, as symbolic function in Greco-Roman mythology, and as poetic symbol in ancient oral tradition and later written literature. Often, animals are given titular roles, and they carry strong symbolic function in the narrative, whether the narrative is oral, written, or artistic.

Multi-Sited Pilgrimages

updated: 
Friday, April 7, 2017 - 4:01pm
Kate DeConinck
deadline for submissions: 
Friday, May 5, 2017

Dear Colleagues:

We are seeking contributors for a planned special issue of the Journal of Global Catholicism on the theme of multi-sited pilgrimages (call for papers pasted below). Please send abstracts of 500 words or less to kydeconinck@gmail.com by May 5. Many thanks in advance.

Kate Yanina DeConinck (University of San Diego)

Marc Roscoe Loustau (College of the Holy Cross)

 

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Call for Papers

 

Pilgrimage Palimpsests: Storytelling and Intersubjectivity Across Multiple Shrines, Sites, and Routes

 

2017 Ozarks Symposium

updated: 
Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 10:37am
Missouri State University-West Plains
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, July 1, 2017

Eleventh Annual Ozarks Studies Symposium, 2017

Call for Proposals

 

The Ozarks Studies Committee of Missouri State University-West Plains seeks proposals for its 11th annual symposium to be held in the West Plains Civic Center on September 22 and 23, 2017.

 

Update: Social Activism in American Religious Literature (MMLA 2017)

updated: 
Monday, April 3, 2017 - 2:05pm
American Religion and Literature Society
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The American Religion and Literature Society invites proposals for our panel at the 2017 Midwest Modern Language Association convention, November 9-12, 2017 in Cincinnati, OH.

Session title: “Social Activism in American Religious Literature” 

Arab-American Literature and Culture Panel RMMLA (Spokane, WA) Oct 12-14, 2017

updated: 
Monday, April 3, 2017 - 2:37pm
Joseph Donica/Bronx Community College, CUNY
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, April 30, 2017

Please send abstracts of 250-500 words on any aspect of Arab-American literature or culture for a panel at the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association's conference in Spokane, WA to be held October 12-14, 2017. The conference site can be found here: http://www.rmmla.org/convention. Submission deadline is April 30, 2017.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

Arab-American Fiction

Arab-American Poetry

Arab-American Graphic Novels

Arab Americans and Religion

Arab Americans and Sexuality

Arab Americans and Politics

Arab Americans and Immigration

Arab Americans in Movies and Television

Arab Americans and US Education

Conference on Sermon Studies

updated: 
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 8:10am
Center for Sermon Studies, Marshall university
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Center for Sermon Studies at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia announces its inaugural conference, to be held October 19-22, 2017. The theme is “Sermon: Text and Performance”; the goals of the conference include

Sacred Journeys: Pilgrimage and Religious Tourism 4th Global Conference

updated: 
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 2:41pm
Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, June 1, 2017

The latest research indicates that more than 400 million people embark annually on traditional pilgrimages in Saudi Arabia, India, Japan, and elsewhere, with the numbers steadily increasing. Pilgrimage is one of the most ancient practices of humankind and is associated with a great variety of religious and spiritual traditions, beliefs and sacred geographies. These include the small-scale ‘walkabout’ of Outback Australian Aborigines in search of their own and their country’s spiritual renewal, the Sufi journey to the Mausoleum of Sidi Shaykh in the Algerian West Sahara, or to Lourdes in France, which welcomes over five million Catholic pilgrims each year in search of healing or deliverance.

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